Following our successful run of organ recitals last year, we are pleased to announce a second series on Fridays in February, March and April.
Concerts are held from 12.30pm – 1.15pm
February 10 – Charles Edmondson, a former music advisor and conductor in Humberside, cathedral recitalist, and sought after accompanist.
February 24 – Ian Thompson, an international opera singer and soloist and former conductor of Cockermouth and Kendal South choirs.
March 10 – Ian Hare, who has appeared at the Proms, is a recording artist, and former cathedral and Lancaster University organist.
March 24 – Andy Plowman, Organist of Kendal Parish Church, accompanist and supply cathedral organist across the UK.
April 7 – Geoff Field, an organist and conductor, from London, who has recently retired to Kendal.
Forthcoming recitals will also feature Ian Pattinson, organist of Lancaster Priory, and Jonathan Bielby, organist emeritus of Wakefield Cathedral and now a member of the congregation at Kendal Parish Church.
Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection and donations are welcomed towards the Organ Restoration Fund.
A little bit about the organ
The church has two organs, and the main organ was originally built in 1877 by Willis. During its last rebuild 1969, the organ was placed on a gallery beneath the west tower. A large and complex machine of wood, metal and leather, with thousands of moving parts, it has more than 2,300 pipes and weighs in at an impressive 12 tons.
After nearly 50 years of regular use, and water damage particularly after the terrible weather of late 2015, the organ now needs a major rebuild. Donations from the concerts with go towards this work.